Features Android and iOS Should Borrow From Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Others Features Android and iOS Should Borrow From Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Others HIGHLIGHTS iOS and Android used to be distinctly different in their early days Of late, they’ve overlapped in terms of features and finish Google and Apple should ‘take some inspiration’ from fading competitors During their infancy, it was very easy to distinguish between Android and iOS. Apple’s mobile operating system was well-designed and easy to use. Google’s Android was customisable and flexible. As the years passed by though, you could see both operating systems learn from each other, to the point where both are now more similar than ever before. Android started becoming more beautiful with the introduction of Material Design in 2014, the same year that iOS started becoming more flexible, with iOS 7 adding features such as multitasking and Control Center. Even comparing the two most recent versions – iOS 10 and Android 7.0 Nougat – there are features that have crossed over on either side. For example, quick replies from the notification bar, and 3D-Touch-esque quick shortcuts on home screen icons, are things Android took from iOS. At the same time, iOS 10 took inspiration from Google Photos in the way it uses face and object recognition to auto-organise photos, and in how the Mail app now has an easy to reach unsubscribe button for mailers you receive, something Gmail has had for over a year. Having said that, we hope that the two biggest players in the world also pay attention to some interesting ideas other competitors came up with, ideas that are futile now because those companies have lost ground in the smartphone space to the big two. We’re of course referring to ‘the other’ mobile operating systems, BlackBerry 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and Ubuntu Touch, that together constitute less than one percent of the total smartphone market share in recent times. Here are five interesting things these companies worked upon, which we hope Apple, Google, or both will take ‘inspiration’ from: 1) BlackBerry Hub The erstwhile smartphone champion may have been onto something in 2013, when a feature called BlackBerry Hub was introduced in BlackBerry 10 OS. It collated email, SMS, call and other notifications into a chronological view. Right now, there’s a good chance there are at least three to four instant messengers you may have installed on your phone, and different people interact with you using different services. What if there was a messaging hub of sorts, where all your chats, maybe emails and calls too, would show in one place, irrespective of whether you received them on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, or Slack? It would be a lot easier than having to open each messaging app and look at pending conversations. You could send quick replies to messages from right there, or jump into the respective apps for more actions. This idea is certainly worth exploring for Apple and Google. App developers certainly would be interested in integrating with this hypothetical ‘Hub’, if either OS were to create it. 2) Notification syncing between devices Microsoft introduced notification syncing between PCs and Windows 10 Mobile or Android, which as simple as it sounds, synced notifications between the computer and phone. This kind of syncing can be very useful when you’ve already attended a notification on one device, but still need to clear it from another. There are services like Facebook Messenger, and Slack, which are proactively programmed to save us from notification hell. But not every app maker takes these efforts, so it’ll be nice if the OS makers themselves figured out a way to tie notifications from computer and mobile versions of the same app, so that we can avoid this duplication. 3) Microsoft Display Dock or Ubuntu Convergence In recent times, there have been two unsuccessful attempts at making the smartphone the only computing device you’ll never need. Both had the same approach – using smartphone hardware to power a full computing experience. By making it easy to connect a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to a phone, the idea was that you wouldn’t need to carry a separate computer to work. Microsoft even sold a product called Display Dock that had HDMI and full USB ports to connect peripherals on one side and a USB Type-C to connect a Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL on the other. The idea might not have taken off for several reasons – but we imagine one of them was the lack of apps for the Windows 10 platform. Of course, another issue was that very few people were buying Lumia smartphones. Ubuntu OS came up with a similar feature, though the platform never really took off. Now consider a similar dock being available for an Android phone or an iPhone. Would that not pique your interest towards the BYOD setup described above? The main difference between this and the attempts before – access to all your favourite apps from Google Play or Apple’s App Store, which should (theoretically at least) greatly enhance the feature’s appeal. microsoft display dock microsoft display dock continuum The Microsoft Display Dock 4) Pressure sensing Did you know that Microsoft was working its own version of 3D Touch much before the iPhone 6s? It isn’t exactly like Apple’s implementation – instead of sensing pressure applied on the screen, the phone could detect finger position even before you touched the screen (like an inverse 3D Touch). It worked using a few different components, including pressure sensors on the sides of the phone. These pressure sensors also did cool things such as keeping the screen on when the phone is held, or silencing a call by simply grabbing the sides. Another interesting feature is the ability to change orientation based on how you’re holding your phone. If you held the phone from the sides, the phone will not change orientation even if you tilt it. It’ll only do so when you’ve actually held the phone from the top and bottom edge. This eliminates the need for any orientation lock that you need to keep switching on or off. This will be much appreciated every time you’re in bed, holding the phone and your screen rotates to landscape when it doesn’t need to. 5) Gestures One more thing that iOS and Android should study is the Gestures app, which was released by Microsoft for Windows Phones. It had useful tricks like turning the speakerphone on when you put the phone on a flat surface, and turn it off upon putting it to your ear. There were other basic features like flipping the phone over to silence calls, answering calls by just putting the phone to the ear, and putting a call on mute when you keep the phone face down. Now, to be fair, some Android phones already have some of these features – but it would be nice to see Google bake these directly into Android, making them available for everyone. Considering the dedicated ‘Moves’ section in the settings app on Pixel phones, maybe we’ll see them add useful gestures like these to Android as a whole, in the future. These are five features from other phone operating systems that we hope find their way to Android or iOS. What do you think? Let us know via the comments section. Tags: Android, iOS, BlackBerry, iPhone, BlackBerry 10, Ubuntu Touch, Windows Phone, Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Continuum Dock, 3D Touch, Gestures [“Source-Gadgets”]

WhatsApp Gets 2 New Features, LG V20 Launched in India, and More: Your 360 Daily

WhatsApp Gets 2 New Features, LG V20 Launched in India, and More: Your 360 Daily
HIGHLIGHTS
WhatsApp for Android gets support for video streaming and animated GIFs
LG V20 smartphone launched in India at Rs. 54,999
OnePlus 3T available at Re. 1 in OnePlus December Dash Sale
In the world of technology, WhatsApp for Android received two new features, LG V20 smartphone was launched in India, and OnePlus 3T is up for Re. 1 in the company’s December Dash online sale. Read these stories and more tech such important tech news of the day in your 360 Daily.
WhatsApp gets video streaming, animated GIF support
WhatsApp has released two new features for all users of its Android app, video streaming and animated GIF support; both features had been available to WhatsApp beta testers, but not the public. With the new update, WhatsApp users will be able to play videos sent by others while they downloads; however, this is not true only streaming as the video still gets downloaded to the device. The GIF support feature allows WhatsApp users to convert 6-seconds video to GIF images and share it with contacts.

LG V20 smartphone launched in India at Rs. 54,999
LG’s flagship V20 smartphone has been launched in India at Rs. 54,999 for the 64GB variant, and will be available via retail stores as well as Amazon. The LG V20 will come with a Bang & Olufsen Play headset worth Rs. 18,000, along with an exchange offer providing “minimum assured Rs. 20,000 off.” The new LG V20 has a 5.7-inch screen with 1440×2560 pixel resolution, as well as a secondary display; it is powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor, runs Android 7.0 Nougat OS, and has 4GB of RAM. Other key features of LG V20 include 2TB microSD card support, 16-megapixel primary rear camera, 8-megapixel secondary rear camera, 3200mAh battery, military-grade metallic body, and a 5-megapixel front camera.
OnePlus 3T, accessories at Re. 1 in OnePlus December Dash Sale
OnePlus is hosting the December Dash sale this month, under which it will provide participants a chance to buy the new 128GB OnePlus 3T smartphone, as well as company accessories, cases, covers and other products, at Re. 1. The OnePlus December Dash Sale will be held on December 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 12pm to 6pm IST on its official online store. There is also a weekly draw where all registered users stand a chance to win a free OnePlus 3T, which was launched recently.

Paytm Wallet, Payments Bank to be merged
Paytm’s parent company One97 Communications has announced that it will merge the Paytm Wallet with its newly-incorporated payments bank division. One97 Communications reportedly owns 49 percent of Paytm Payments Bank Limited, while CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma has a 51 percent stake in the new entity. Paytm Wallet users’ balance will be transferred to accounts in the company’s payments bank automatically; those who do not want this transfer have the option to withdraw money to their bank accounts in a one-time deposit.
Moto X (2017) leaked images show no Moto Mods support
Leaked images said to be that of Moto X (2017) smartphone show that the rumoured model will not have pins to support Moto Mods modular accessories. Instead, the Motorola smartphone has a metallic body, round camera panel, and a Home button that may house the fingerprint sensor. The Moto X (2017) smartphone will be available in gold and silver colours, if the leaked images are anything to go by. Key specifications of the smartphone, however, have not been leaked yet.

Google starts rolling out Hindi Assistant for Allo app
Google has started rolling out the Hindi Assistant for its new AI-powered Allo messaging app, with new feature said to be available to all Android and iPhone users in the “coming few days.” Allo users can say “talk to me in Hindi” or change the language preferences of the app to activate the feature. Google Allo users will also be able to use the Smart Reply feature in Hindi as well. Google also announced that India has the highest number of Allo users worldwide, without specifying a figure.

iPhones worth Rs. 10 crores stolen by former Foxconn manager
A former manager at Foxconn has been indicted in China for stealing and selling iPhones worth $1.56 million (roughly Rs. 10 crores). The manager, along with eight other employees, smuggled thousands of units of iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s during 2013-14. The iPhones units, which were meant to be scrapped, were then sold to stores in Shenzhen for a total of $1.56 million, authorities said. He faces a maximum jail term of 10 years.

Cash on delivery for PC games purchased via Steam in India
While cash may be hard to come by these days, Steam has soft-launched the cash on delivery option for customers in India to pay for games they buy from the platform. You can select the cash on delivery mode after adding an item to your cart on Steam, and will be redirected to a page where you can provide the requisite billing and shipping information. An executive will get in touch with you to collect the cash, and your order will be emailed to you within 72 hours of the payment. As expected, the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes are not accepted by Steam for the cash on delivery option.

Tags: WhatsApp, WhatsApp Video Stream, whatsapp gif support, Paytm, LG, LG V20, LG V20 India Launch, Paytm Wallet, Paytm Payments Bank, Steam, Cash on Delivery, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus, OnePlus December Dash Sale, Moto X (2017), Google Allo, Google Assistant Hindi, iPhone

[“Source-Gadgets”]